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Ruthin Skies

By Andrew_Hurley
Our camera club (Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society) held a Night Time/Twilight competition (judged 28 Jan) so I spent from late September to December taking photos after sunset. I visited numerous places, Conway, Caernarvon, Buxton, Blackpool, Jodrell Bank, Ruthin, Liverpool and even Lincoln to get the "perfect" twilight images for the competition.

This was one of the images that didn't make it into my final selection of 4 prints.

I was aiming to include the attractive village of Ruthin lit up but didn't have any grey grads to hand so it meant the sky would have just burnt out if I used a longish exposure. By the way when I took this it was perishingly cold (-5 I think) so I didn't hang around!

Tags: Sunset Sky Wales General North wales Sun Set Panorama Panoramic Dramatic Orange Skies Colours Twilight Drama Digitally manipulated Vista Landsape Landscape and travel Ruthin

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User_Removed 12 694 3 Scotland
1 Feb 2009 10:11PM
If you have this problem again just take 2 or more pictures, expose one for the sky and one for the foreground. Layer them in Photoshop and erase the sky (or foreground depending on stack order). Care is needed not to make the transition too sharp.
Andrew_Hurley 14 71 73 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 1:28PM

Quote:If you have this problem again just take 2 or more pictures, expose one for the sky and one for the foreground. Layer them in Photoshop and erase the sky (or foreground depending on stack order). Care is needed not to make the transition too sharp.


Thanks very much Pat for the advice, I've been using CS2 for over a year now but never seem to have the time to explore layers (which I know is what CS2 is all about). Next time I'm out I may have a go at the technique you describe here. I've marked your critique as constructive so another blue point on its way! Many thanks again.

Andrew.
User_Removed 12 694 3 Scotland
2 Feb 2009 2:45PM
Very kind of you.

A freind of mine has been using PS for years but his eyes glazed over whenever I mentioned layers. I sat him down the other day and after 5 minutes the penny dropped. Very simple concept but can get a bit overwhelming if you dig too deep too quickly. I would suggest a book, online tutorial or pressing F1 in PS. Lot of info in the help files.

You can of course use the layer approach with many other pics. For example a bright lit window and the inside of the room. Generally a difficult shot to balance.

Good luck and I look forward to your next panorama.
6 Jul 2009 4:37PM
Great picture!!!
-------Raj

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